Philadelphia school funding in limbo as House decides whether to hold session

As the House continues to gavel in and out of non-voting session and rumors swirl about the possibility of session next week being cancelled, Philadelphia schools are losing out on critically needed money as they await the finalization of a cigarette tax authorization bill.

The bill—House Bill 1177—is expected to be the top item of the legislative agenda if the House returns to voting session next week. It is anticipated to generate up to $83 million in funding for Philadelphia public school funding in the first year. 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Rep. Grell says his pension reform plan to be better positioned following PERC action

With the House scheduled to come back to Harrisburg next week, one pension reform concept is regaining some momentum.

Wednesday, the Public Employee Retirement Commission (PERC) is scheduled to consider Rep. Glen Grell’s (R-Cumberland) cash-balance pension reform plan, which he has filed as an amendment to House Bill 1353, the main pension reform plan being considered by the House.

Rep. Grell hopes that the PERC analysis will help his amendment win over more supporters and knows that at a minimum, completing the crucial analytical process puts the bill in position to move.

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Monday, July 28, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Basic education funding commission to focus on fairness and restoring trust

The Basic Education Funding Commission established under Act 51 of 2014 held its first meeting Thursday with an eye toward focusing its work on establishing a fair and trustworthy basic education funding formula.

Commission Co-Chairman Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) stated the work of the commission will be of “tremendous importance to the overall work of state government.” 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Thirteen percent of eligible criminal cases lack fingerprints, hearing reveals

A hearing of the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday revealed that, as of 2013, 13 percent of all criminal cases in Pennsylvania where fingerprints are required to be collected by law are missing fingerprint recordation.

“This is the law,” said Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin). “So we have the courts and police…really not following through with the law.”

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
A Look Back with Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster)

A Look Back with Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster)

Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster) is retiring at the end of the 2014 legislative sessions after serving two terms in the Pennsylvania Senate. The PLS Reporter talked with Sen. Brubaker about his upcoming retirement, what he enjoyed about his time in the General Assembly, and what he'll miss most.

CLICK HERE to view the video.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: VideoA Look Back
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